Tag Archives: Pikachu

Pokémon Show Up For Osaka 2025 World Expo

Nintendo have thrown some weight behind the race for Osaka to host the World Expo in 2025. There are a few contenders in the shortlist covering Yekaterinburg in Russia, Baku in Russia and Osaka.

Osaka is quietly confident of its chances seeing as they previously hosted in 1970 and have the experience needed to host such an event. But just in case, the video below has been put together to fully illustrate the point.

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The video showcases the best spot for the expo which is Yumeshima Island with a beautiful natural landscape. Just in case Osaka does win the bid, preparations are underway which is also shown in the video. And you can’t have a video showcasing Japan without having some Pokémon in there. So expect to see Eevee, Pikachu, Charizard and more!

Even Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe shows up and delivers a speech…albeit in an awkward manner. Hopefully Osaka wins the bid, we’ll let you know how it goes.

Pokémon Games Headed to Switch

In probably the best bit of news over the last 24 hours, Nintendo have announced not one but TWO Pokémon games headed to the Nintendo Switch. Apart from the names being announced, Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, they also dropped an amazing trailer for the titles which only gets better with each viewing. Before you go any further, here’s the trailer:

The games appear to have a tight integration with Pokémon Go, the mobile app, so if you haven’t been playing it now might be a good time to download it again and start playing as there’s been mountains of updates released for it since it released. The trailer also features some gameplay, battles and even cooler, the addition of a external add-on in the form of a Pokeball. It appears that you can transfer a Pokémon to the ball and then take it with you on the road. And in a stroke of genius, another player will be able to join you in your Pokémon adventure by utilising the second Joy-Con!

With lush visuals, innovative gameplay and exciting opportunities for friends to join in, it looks like Nintendo have another winner on their hands. Watch out for it when it releases November 16, 2018.

Pokemon Go Community Day

We received an email update today from the Pokemon Go team about an exciting new global event (yes, we still play it).

Trainers,

We’re incredibly excited to announce Pokémon GO Community Day–a monthly worldwide event dedicated to celebrate you, the Trainers in the Pokémon GO community.

What is Pokémon GO Community Day?
Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community.

Once a month, we’ll host a Pokémon GO Community Day event starring a special Pokémon, which will appear frequently around the world for just a few hours. When caught during the event, this special Pokémon will know an exclusive move. Other bonuses will be in effect during the event, such as increased XP or Stardust, and Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.

So as you can see, this is a new global event that will keep players catching Pokemon and might even entice trainers who have stopped playing, to come back. Here’s the information as it relates to Australia:

So it doesn’t seem like there’s any place you need to congregate at, if you can catch Pokemon then there’s a chance you’ll catch this new Pikachu. Seems like a fun event, Japandaman will be definitely part!

Wait… Pikachu Can Speak ENGLISH??

Pokemon fans across the United States have taken to Twitter voicing their opinions on Pikachu’s unforseen monologue during the new Pokemon: I Choose You movie.

Global News Director at Buzzfeed shared a video which perfectly captures (excuse the pun) the disgust and confusion we’re sure you’ll all feel when you first hear it too:

 

 

Weird right?

This isn’t the first time that Pikachu has spoken however. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity trailer features not only a talking Pikachu, but other Pokemon as well:

 

 

In fact, there’s even a game for the Nintendo 3DS known as Detective Pikachu that was released in February of 2016 in Japan, which has you taking the role of a smooth-talking Pikachu that solves mysteries. (Sadly this title is only available in Japan on the eShop, which is a mystery in itself. WHY HAVE YOU NOT LOCALIZED IT YET, NINTENDO??)

 

 

Despite all that, I think we can all agree how bizarre it is for Pikachu to talk. Part of Pikachu’s charm is that we can’t understand him, and that it’s up to interpretation how he may feel.
Although, many Twitter users have come out to say that Pikachu isn’t actually talking – it’s more of an emotional connection between Ash and Pikachu that allows them to understand each other.

I still think it’s weird.

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! has already debuted in Australia and New Zealand with no confirmation of it returning for a second showing – however we’ll be sure to update you if we hear anything!

Pikachu Piggy Bank

Saving money can be hard at the best of times. Whether it’s for a new console or handheld of the latest game, we all have our hobbies that need feeding. Now saving money can be easier if not fun with this latest Pokemon themed piggy bank.

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Just how cute is this thing? Place your coin on the sensor and Pikachu’s little paw comes out to take your offering for safe keeping. You can pick these up from Amazon Japan now.

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Swiss Pikachu Watch Sells For $20,000

Yep, you read that heading correct. Swiss watch maker, Romain Jerome, has decided to join in the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebrations and release a limited edition Pikachu watch that has a retail price of US$20,000!

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It comes packaged with a very swish Moon Invader titanium case and black baseplate with a cool lightning engraving. Still…flipping expensive and only for the biggest of fanboys/fangirls!

New Anime For Pokemon Sun & Moon

The latest Pokemon Sun & Moon games release in Australia on November 18 which I really can’t wait for but even better, I hear that a new anime based on Pokemon Sun & Moon is in the works. Here’s your first look at the new anime which was shown during the Pokemon variety show, Gathering In The Pokemon House?

I don’t know what’s more awesome, the new anime or the fact that Japan has a variety show revolving around Pokemon! The clip shows Ash with a new look and some of the characters he’ll meet in the show. Pikachu’s amazing Z-move is also shown.

Pokemon Sun & Moon the anime commences screening on November 17, 2016.